Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents “Spaces and Moments: Images by Marcia Powdermaker and B. Docktor,” a photography exhibition by the winners of last year’s Spencertown Academy juried regional art exhibition, which was judged by Peter Jung of Hudson’s Peter Jung Fine Arts Gallery and Bill Thompson and Marie-Claude Giroux of Chatham’s Thompson Giroux Gallery. On Saturday, September 26, there will be a festive opening reception from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the show will remain on display through October 18. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m, or by appointment. Admission is free and the artworks are for sale.
“B. Docktor has a great eye for capturing the classic and unusual visual moments in nature. She has a special affinity with the animals she conveys with her camera. Her work is dynamic and beautiful,” says Leslie Gabosh, co-chair of the Academy’s gallery programming. “Marcia Powdermaker’s photographs capture the tranquility and peace in natural settings. Quiet, contemplative, her images have a poetic stillness.”
Marcia Powdermaker lives in Tyringham, MA. Her work has been exhibited at Spencertown Academy and at Lenox’s Sohn Gallery. “I like to capture the solitude and peacefulness of nature with my camera, then spend time working with it digitally before printing it,” says Powdermaker. “It is all intuitive—no planning, no agenda, no social comment. In this exhibition, I am showing quiet images that focus on nature, minimalism, horizons, and abstracts.”
B. Docktor lives in Ancram, NY. She began her photography career by helping her father, illustrator/artist Irv Docktor, develop film when she was about five years old. “Photography has always been a part of my life. I loved Life Magazine and always cared about making pictures that were not only beautiful, but mattered in some way,” says Docktor. “I’ve long been fascinated with the connection between my photographs and what we end up remembering. I try to capture the kernel of magnificence of whatever I’m photographing, hoping that the final image will make the viewer say: ‘WOW, I feel like I was there.’”
Housed in a restored 1840s Greek Revival schoolhouse, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see http://www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.